The Deceptions

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About the Author

JILL BIALOSKY is the author of six acclaimed collections of poetry, three critically acclaimed novels, and two memoirs, including History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life, a New York Times bestseller. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry; The New Yorker; The Atlantic; Harper's Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Kenyon Review; Harvard Review; and The Paris Review, among other publications. She is executive editor and vice president at W. W. Norton & Company. Her work has been a finalist for the James Laughlin Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Books for a Better Life Awards. In 2014, she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry. She lives in New York City.


Praise for The Deceptions:

A Literary Hub Most Anticipated Book of the Year

Poetry and inspiration, obsession and divinity, all come under Bialosky's purview in her elegantly constructed fable of trying to create while everything else falls apart. --Ed Simon, The Millions, A Most Anticipated Book of the Year

"The great Greeks--Odysseus, Herakles, Aphrodite, and, centrally, Leda and the Swan--circle around this powerfully written account of a woman in a kind of slow crisis and help her interrogate her marriage and desires. Then, in an extraordinary, explosive final act, a profound act of betrayal lifts the novel towards genuine tragedy. The Deceptions is a deeply felt and formally original tour-de-force." --Salman Rushdie

"In The Deceptions Jill Bialosky captures the gutted hollow of the empty nest, the weight of marriage, and the ember of desire that is desperate for air. Bialosky explores the female artist's need to take risks, to be seen and known, against her need for comfort, safety, and home. In stunning, finely tuned prose, Bialosky captures the music of marriage, the complexity of female ambition, sexual hunger, and rage. This story unfurls in a beautiful weave among objects from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Myth, archetype, and history come to life and in the end we are returned to the present--this moment--and the question of what it is to be human, to risk, to fail, to suffer the pain of love." --A.M. Homes

At once classical and contemporary, Jill Bialosky's powerful new novel weaves together themes of art and life, sexuality and family, gender dynamics and selfhood. The Deceptions is urgent, unsettling, and utterly consuming--a triumph. --Claire Messud

"I was immediately swept away by this searing, elegant portrait of a woman in a place of psychological and emotional precarity. Jill Bialosky brings us with great delicacy and arresting sensuality into a world which becomes so real we cannot look away. The Deceptions is at once mesmerizing and masterful." --Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

Praise for The Prize:

The Prize is a graceful, quiet novel that finds its gravitational pull in the dissonance between the transcendence of art and the slog of everyday life. Bialosky has several books of poetry to her name, and her writing glows with insight . . . --The New York Times Book Review

Among the most resonant aspects of the novel is its deep understanding about the communicative nature of art. --David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

This graceful novel balances the transcendence of art against the slog of everyday life. --The New York Times Sunday Book Review (Editor's Choice)

This sharp-eyed novel of the art world follows the fortunes of a partner in a prestigious New York gallery who struggles with the memory of his brilliant but volatile father, the tempers of a high-maintenance artist and her competitive husband, the distress of a rocky marriage, and the temptation of extramarital adventure. The novel's characters are caught in predictable midlife crises--'Do you ever wake up and wonder how you got here?' one asks--but Bialosky deepens our sense of these troubles with well-chosen details, such as the protagonist's luxury-goods addiction. The plot is well crafted, carrying the reader to a surprising end. --The New Yorker

The portrayal of an art world torn between crass commercialism and genuine expression is grippingly achieved. Ms. Bialosky is a book editor as well as a writer, and she knows something about the agonies and rewards of cajoling great work from basket-case artists. And when she describes the effect of paintings upon the senses (simply viewing Pierre Bonnard's 'Le Petit Déjeuner, ' 'full of light and mystery, ' causes the stress to drain from Edward's body), her own writing harnesses the agility and beauty the book so rapturously exalts. --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

There is a Jamesian aspiration in this novel of bitter rivalries and thwarted passions, which hops between New York, Europe and Edward's home in Connecticut, where he lives with his disengaged wife and daughter --Joanna Scutts, The Washington Post

A poet, memoirist, and editor, Bialosky brings an insider's understanding of the complicated layers of being an artist today to this novel in which an art dealer is thrown off balance in the run-up to an awards competition, with ripples affecting his family, his future, and the artists he takes under his wing. --The Boston Globe